Goal is 2020 for Commercially Feasible Fuel Cell, Hydrogen Storage
General Motors and Honda disclosed “a long-term, definitive master agreement to co-develop next-generation fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies, aiming for the 2020 time frame.
“The collaboration expects to succeed by sharing expertise, economies of scale and common sourcing strategies,” the companies said Tuesday. In addition to hydrogen vehicles, he two OEMs will work toward a hydrogen fueling infrastructure, which they said “is critical for the long-term viability and consumer acceptance of fuel cell vehicles.”
Then two proclaimed their “acknowledged” leadership in fuel cell technology. “According to the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index, GM and Honda rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in total fuel cell patents filed between 2002 and 2012, with more than 1,200 between them,” states the release.
Both companies have proprietary fuel cell technology.
“We are convinced this is the best way to develop this important technology, which has the potential to help reduce the dependence on petroleum and establish sustainable mobility,” GM chairman and CEO Dan Akerson said in the Tuesday announcement.
“Among all zero CO2 emission technologies, fuel cell electric vehicles have a definitive advantage with range and refueling time that is as good as conventional gasoline cars,” said Honda Motor Company president & CEO Takanobu.
‘Eager to Accelerate’
“Honda and GM are eager to accelerate the market penetration of this ultimate clean mobility technology, and I am excited to form this collaboration to fuse our leading fuel cell technologies and create an advanced system that will be both more capable and more affordable,” Ito said.
GM’s Project Driveway program, launched in 2007, has accumulated nearly 3 million miles of real-world driving in a fleet of 119 hydrogen-powered vehicles, more than any other automaker.
Honda began leasing of the Honda FCX in 2002 and has deployed 85 units in the U.S. and Japan, including its successor, the FCX Clarity, which was named the 2009 World Green Car. Honda “has delivered these vehicles to the hands of customers in the U.S. and collected valuable data concerning real-world use of fuel cell electric vehicles.”
Honda plans to launch the successor of FCX Clarity in Japan and the United States in 2015, and then in Europe. GM will detail its fuel cell production plans at a later date.
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Source: GM-Honda press release with Fleets & Fuels follow-up